Fortnight for Freedom


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The U.S. Catholic Bishops have scheduled the annual Fortnight for Freedom which is a call to fourteen days of prayer and action for religious freedom. This fifth Fortnight for Freedom: 'Witnesses to Freedom' will take place June 21 to July 4, 2016, during which time we celebrate a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power – St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.

2016 Religious Freedom Updates
March 31: Conscience Protection on Abortion
March 30: The Need for the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 
Feb. 19: Current Federal Laws Protecting Conscience Rights

Local Events
Holy Hour for Persecuted Christians presented by Rev. Andrew Nisari
June 21 • 7 p.m. • St. Brigid Church, Peapack
View/Download the Flyer

Prayer Resources
• Prayers of the Faithful • en Español
• Daily Reflections • en Español
• Holy Hour Template • en Español
• Litany for Liberty • en Español

General Information
• USCCB Statement: Our First, Most Cherished Liberty • en Español
• Frequently Asked Questions on Religious Liberty • en Español
Pope Francis and Religious Freedom - Quotes from Our Holy Father
Witnesses to Freedom

Domestic Threats to Religious Liberty
• Current Threats to Religious Liberty • en Español 
• The Right to Practice Faith in Business • en Español
• Marriage and Religious Freedom • en Español
• Adoption Services • en Español
• Discrimination Against Catholic Humanitarian Services • en Español
• Discrimination Against Christian Students on Campus • en Español
• Locking Out Small Congregrations • en Español
• Providing Pastoral Care to Immigrants • en Español

International Threats to Religious Liberty
Christians Struggle to Find Refuge in the Middle East • en Español
• India: Intolerance Winning Over Secularism en Español
• Mexico: Minority Rights Threatened en Español
• Myanmar: Religious Freedom Lags en Español
• Nigeria: Boko Haram Weakened, Yet Still a Threat  • en Español
• Pakistan: Justice for Minorities Hard to Find  • en Español
• The Church and the Global Crisis of Religious Liberty

Parish Activities
• Ways to Celebrate

Cradle of Christianity: Last Christians in the Middle East? 
India: Secularism Under Siege
Mexico: Minority Rights Threatened
Myanmar: Reforms Needed